We’re proud to present two of the most spirited and memorable concerts of the season, the Fear No Music Ensemble in New Pearls from the Antilles on May 19, complemented by local colleagues in Sense of Place on May 20. The first concert celebrates Cuban art music, and offers a chance to meet visiting Cuban composers and hear tales of musical adventure from five Cascadia Composers who traveled to Cuba in 2016. The concert is Friday, May 19, 8PM at Temple Baptist Church, preceded by “Cuba Chat” at 6:30 that is free and open to the public. Sense of Place happens the following evening, 7:30PM at Colonial Heights Presbyterian. Please read on for all the details.

Among the works being performed is the string quartet Habanera Sensual y Contradanza Caprichosa by Havana composer Guido López-Gavilán. Maestro López-Gavilán is the director of the annual Havana Festival of Contemporary Music, and hosted five Cascadia composers at his 2016 festival last November.

Also, we are delighted to welcome composer José V. Gavilondo Peón for the premiere of a work especially written for the Fear No Music performers. Besides attending this premiere, he will give talks to students and faculty at Portland State University and other institutions during his stay in Portland. His composition is Half-Remembered Dreams for flute, piano and percussion. Pepe, as Jose is known, is the director of one of the contemporary music ensembles that we heard at the time we attended that festival this past year.

The entire program includes:

  1. Guido López-Gavilán: Habana Sensual…y Contradanza Caprichosa  
  2. Ariannys Mariño Lalana: Incongruencias
  3. Jorge Enrique Amado Molina: Tríptico cubano
  4. José Loyola Fernández: Preludio y tumbao for two violas
  5. Juan Piñera: El Bolero de Ravel según for violin, viola, and piano
  1. Javier Iha Rodriguez: En homenaje a un plátano maduro for piano trio
  2. Alfredo Diez Nieto: Monológo para flauta
  3. José V. Gavilondo Peón: Half-remembered Dreams for flute, percussion, and piano

The Fear No Music Ensemble will feature Inés Voglar Belgique, violin; Ruby Chen, violin; Joël Belgique, viola; Kenji Bunch, viola; Nancy Ives, cello; Monica Ohuchi, piano; Michael Roberts, percussion and Amelia Lukas, flute.

Temple Baptist Church is located at 1319 NE 7th Ave., Portland, Oregon 97232. Tickets prices are: General admission $20, Seniors $10, Working Artists $10, Students $5 and Children 12 years of age or younger are free.



Inspired by this year’s Cuban exchange, Cascadia Composers celebrates our unique sense of place and the special qualities of the greater Pacific Northwest on Saturday, May 20, 7:30PM at Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church. This concert will feature new works by eight local composers inspired by landscapes, people and music from Portland to Alaska and beyond.  Four of the composers are new members who have never had a work on a Cascadia concert before!

Postcards from Denali (Movements 1 and 2) for string quartet, by Dawn L. Sonntag
Songs for Nan for soprano and piano by William Toutant
Beauty from Forgetfulness for piano trio by John Bilotta 
PDX (movements 1, 2 and 4) for solo piano by Liz Nedela
Portland Suite (movements 1, 4, then 3) for alto sax, electric bass, and percussion by Matthew Neil Andrews
Sturnella neglecta (Impromptu) for piano solo, by Jackie T. Gabel
Coal Creek for 2 violins, bass clarinet, and marimba) by Christina Rusnak
Combustion for fixed media by Mei-ling Lee

Musicians for the concert will be Lucie Zalesakova and Margaret Bichteler, violins; Shelley Mathewson, viola; Katherine Schultz, cello; Arwen Myers, soprano; Lydia Chung, Alexander Schwarzkopf and Maria Choban, piano; Daniel Vega, saxophone, JD Davis, electric bass, Matthew Andrews, percussion, Barbara Heilmair, clarinet, and Josh Gianola, marimba.

Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church is located at 2828 SE Stephens St., Portland, Oregon 97214. Tickets prices are: General admission $20, Seniors $10, Working Artists $10, Students $5 and Children 12 years of age or younger are free.